Weighing the Facts
by mpett3 on September 15, 2013 - 3:15pm
In a recent article by Kristin Leutwyler (2006) entitled “Dying to be thin” she discusses her own battle with an eating disorder along with information about eating disorders. Kristin had anorexia nervosa as an adolescent and she struggled with it for quite a while, but was eventually able to recover and now lives a normal life. There are three main different types of eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating. Anorexia occurs when a person is not eating enough of what their body needs to maintain a healthy diet. Out of these three types of disorders, anorexia is the easiest to spot because most anorexics tend to look very malnourished. The personality of an anorexic is usually a perfectionist and they also tend to be very good students. Bulimics are people that binge eat, but later purge to get rid of the food in their systems. They are much more difficult to spot due to the fact they tend to be very secretive when they do this. People that become bulimic are usually adventurous and outgoing people. Binge eaters, which are people that eat until the point that they are sickly full, can also be quite challenging to spot because they do all of their binge eating in private so if no one sees them doing this, no one can really help them. There are very dangerous effects that these disorders can cause which can severely damage your body. Due to the lack of nutrients in the body of an anorexic, they can be in danger of heart failure. Bulimia can cause people to go into cardiac arrest because they empty their bodies of necessary minerals without ever replacing them. Binge eating can also cause very serious problems including the rupturing of the stomach and the esophagus. For people that have eating disorders, the best thing to do is get help before any serious damage is done to their bodies. In most cases therapy is the best way to help someone work through their eating disorder.
I think that the most important point in this article is that eating disorders are caused by social pressures and unreal expectations of what people’s bodies should look like so they could be easily prevented. This article was very well put together and I believe the author did a very nice job explaining the different types of eating disorders and discussing how they can affect a person’s body. The information that she presented was backed up by research done by others and was cited throughout the article to show that it was by a reliable source. Leutwyler also shows sensitivity toward this subject because she had this disorder so she knows firsthand how difficult it is to overcome it.
Leutwyler, K. (2006). Dying to Be Thin. Scientific American Special Edition, 16(4), 84-88.